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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Morden Experimental Farm / Morden Research and Development Centre (First Street, Morden)

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This facility of the Canadian federal government specialized in the development of horticultural plants well suited to the dry conditions of the Canadian prairies. Its land was purchased in March 1915 and a tree nursery was established later that year, along with a shelterbelt of caragana and laurel willow. The next year, 25,000 apple seedlings were planted.

A stone bridge over a pond on the grounds of the farm was constructed in 1922.

A barn from the farm was moved to the Pembina Threshermen’s Museum in 1990.

Superintendents / Directors


Superintendent / Director


S. J. Bjarnason


E. M. Straight


William Russel “Russ” Leslie (1891-1985)


C. C. Strachan


W. Breakey (acting)


J. W. Morrison


E. D. Putt


B. B. Chubey (acting)


D. K. McBeath

Photos & Coordinates

Morden Experimental Farm

Morden Experimental Farm (September 2018)
Source: George Penner

Stone bridge at the Morden Experimental Farm

Stone bridge at the Morden Experimental Farm (September 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.18958, W98.08986
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Pembina Threshermen’s Museum (RM of Stanley)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Experimental Farm / Brandon Research and Development Centre (Grand Valley Road, Brandon)


A Century of Horticulture in Manitoba: 1880-1980 by Peter J. Peters, 1988, pages 32-43.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 October 2021

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